Arthritis Specialist

Nisha  Krishnan, DPM -  - Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle

Nisha Krishnan, DPM

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Beverly Hills, FL

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can both cause pain and swelling nearly anywhere in your body, including your feet and ankles. At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, with the professional guidance of Dr. Nisha Krishnan, DPM, you can minimize your symptoms and enjoy full mobility again. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects your joints. There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, and arthritis is sometimes a symptom of other diseases. There are two types of arthritis that often affects the feet: Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

How does osteoarthritis affect feet and ankles?

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage loss in your joints, and this can leave your bones exposed and rubbing together painfully. Osteoarthritis tends to develop in the big toe, but may also occur in other parts or your foot or ankle.

How does rheumatoid arthritis affect feet and ankles?

Up to 90% of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers experience foot issues connected to their arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, chronic fatigue, and possibly joint deformity. This type of arthritis occurs in flare-ups followed by remissions. Sometimes, remissions can last for many years.

How is foot and ankle arthritis treated?

At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, Dr. Krishnan will do a comprehensive foot and ankle exam to assess the damage and then prescribe a custom treatment for your needs. Arthritis treatments often include:

  • Injections - steroid or anti-inflammatory injections relieve swelling, pain, and other symptoms
  • Orthotics - custom orthotics relieve pressure and position your foot and ankle properly
  • Braces - alleviate pain and pressure due to joint motion, may delay deformity progression
  • Exercise - prescribed exercises increase strength in your ankle and foot support muscles

 

Rest is often an important part of your recovery. Dr. Krishnan may recommend foot and ankle immobilization for specific periods of time to allow your body time to fight the inflammation naturally.

If you have severe joint damage, especially in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, you may need surgery to rebuild or even replace the joint. The sooner that you reach out for help, the easier it is to prevent arthritis symptom progression. A fast response to symptoms is important for good results long-term.

Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can negatively affect your quality of life, however if you get treatment early on, you can minimize symptoms dramatically.